Steelers are given mediocre grades for most of their free agent signings

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The Steelers have wrapped up the majority of the major free agency moves, and with enough time having passed to get details, I wanted to take the time to grade the initial moves this team has made. It has been an eventful period, as the team has made use of its limited resources to add some new faces to this roster.

Every move hasn’t been perfect though, and overall I don’t think this team has handled this free agency period that well. This is the time to add cornerstone players for the betterment of Kenny Pickett’s future. Instead, some of the signings have been slight overpays and adding talent that is far from elite.

While I am doing as complete of a list as possible, I will not be grading any deals near the veteran minimum. Those players take up almost no cap space if they make the roster or not, and adding them does little to push the overall outlook of the team.

Due to there being no inherent risks with these deals, players like Le’Raven Clark, James Pierre, and Zach Gentry all earn fine grades. If, for some reason, they were cut, it has no impact on the cap this team has. They all provide cheap depth and each can step in to start if need be. For the remainder of the major deals though, here are my initial grades for the Steelers free agency class.